I was struck the other day by a piece in The Huffington Post outlining the recent interstate faith dust-up going on in North Carolina (not literally struck, that would be absurd. HuffPo can’t bludgeon it’s readers…yet) As you hopefully know, voters in the Tar Heel State voted rather lopsidedly to ban same sex marriage within their borders. It was a scene that has now played itself in the majority of the states in our fine union, but this time the LGBT community got a little outside assistance. The MissionGathering Christian Church of San Diego funded a billboard, aptly erected on Billy Graham Ave, letting folks know that not all Christians were bigots. You can read all about the billboard and its genesis in this article by Phil Shephard:
However, this all got me thinking (dangerous, I know). Why is it that nearly every time we hear scripture quoted in the media these days, the passage in question is about who’s going to hell, who’s getting smote and why what people are doing is against God’s will. For a book that’s got over 1,500 pages, you’d think there would be some more uplifting somewhere…and there is. So, I’ve culled the interwebs for a few Bible quotes that I think are both enlightening and inspiring:
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Peter 4:8-10
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
“When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt.”
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.
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